Story, photos by Cassie Hepler
At the Jersey Shore, everyone knows the best sand-like-flour beaches are in LBI, N.J. Better known as Long Beach Island, the scene is serene and you are literally on an island, far away from real life. For those who don’t want another kitschy Jersey motel and don’t have access to a beach house, Daddy O Hotel in Long Beach Island offers a unique, chic escape with amenities all in one place.
It all began in 2006 when the first Daddy O hotel opened its doors in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Two respected arbiters of taste, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, recognized daddy O as an “intimate and stylish beach destination”. Knowing a good thing when they saw it, the owners went south to Miami, Florida in January 2010 where Daddy O number two is enjoying similar success thanks to its beautiful Bay Harbor Islands setting and onsite Palm Restaurant. With classic, vintage seashore exteriors and contemporary interior decor plus an unparalleled attention to detail, comfort, and convenience, Daddy O did not disappoint.
With an intimate vibe, 22 guest rooms have everything from ultra-plush mattresses and flat-screen televisions to marble rain showers and complimentary high-speed wireless internet access. Appealing amenities include a sun deck as well as an onsite restaurant and bar with an outdoor dining option. Four houses away, sandy beaches and the Atlantic Ocean await you right outside the lobby. We spent a lovely overnight right before the packed Fourth of July weekend and got a taste of what it’s like to stay. Ironically, six years prior while staying at a beach house nearby, this was our go-to bar and lounge. A full circle brings us back to our beloved LBI!
We were sad to leave at our 11 a.m. checkout and LBI in general. It’s such a chill vibe there, we look forward to returning and spending some more time soaking up all the rays and vibes. Contemporary accommodations with luxury amenities and personalized service are the hallmarks for the Daddy O boutique hotel plus the many food and drink options attached to the hotel. What really makes it shine is the convenient beach location, a most desirable destination for weekend getaways and extended stays.